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WEARINESS IN WELL-DOING.pdf

WEARINESS IN WELL-DOING.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.



"THE beginning is half of the whole," said the
ancient Greeks. And it is true — true
whether the beginning be right or wrong. And
yet a good beginning is not enough. It is the last
step that wins in the race. It is the last stroke
that fells the tree. It is the last grain of sand that
turns the scales. One of the sterling virtues in
practical life is continuance — continuance through
all obstacles, hindrances and discouragements. It
is unconquerable persistence that wins. The paths
of life are strewn with the skeletons of those who
fainted and fell in the march. Life's prizes can be
won only by those who will not fail. Success in
every field must be reached through antagonism
and conflict.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.



"THE beginning is half of the whole," said the
ancient Greeks. And it is true — true
whether the beginning be right or wrong. And
yet a good beginning is not enough. It is the last
step that wins in the race. It is the last stroke
that fells the tree. It is the last grain of sand that
turns the scales. One of the sterling virtues in
practical life is continuance — continuance through
all obstacles, hindrances and discouragements. It
is unconquerable persistence that wins. The paths
of life are strewn with the skeletons of those who
fainted and fell in the march. Life's prizes can be
won only by those who will not fail. Success in
every field must be reached through antagonism
and conflict.

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WEARINESS IN WELL-DOING.BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D."THE beginning is half of the whole," said theancient Greeks. And it is true — truewhether the beginning be right or wrong. Andyet a good beginning is not enough. It is the laststep that wins in the race. It is the last strokethat fells the tree. It is the last grain of sand thatturns the scales. One of the sterling virtues inpractical life is continuance — continuance throughall obstacles, hindrances and discouragements. Itis unconquerable persistence that wins. The pathsof life are strewn with the skeletons of those whofainted and fell in the march. Life's prizes can bewon only by those who will not fail. Success inevery field must be reached through antagonismand conflict.In no sphere are these things truer than in themoral. Many start well in the Christian life, withrich hope and glowing ardor, who soon fail. They125126 WEEK-DAY RELIGION.become discouraged at the hardness and toilsome-ness of the way or at the little impression they areable to make on the world, and grow weary. Suchfaint-heartedness will never win the honors andcrowns of immortal life. These are only for thosewho overcome.There are two ways of becoming weary in well-
 
doing. We may be weary in it or of it. Andthere is an immense difference in the two experi-ences. The best men may grow weary in their ser-vice. Human nature is frail. We are not angels,with exhaustless powers of endurance. But we areto guard against growing w T eary of our great work,as sometimes we are tempted even to be. Thereare discouragements that sorely try our faith, but,whatever they are, they should not be allowed tocause us to faint." What is the use of serving God ?" cries one." I have tried for years to be faithful to him andto live as he would have me to live, but somehowI do not succeed in life. I have no blessing onmy work. My business does not prosper. Thereis my neighbor, who never prays, who disregardsthe precepts of God's word, who desecrates theLord's day, whose life is unjust, hard, false andselfish. And yet he gets along far better than IWEARINESS IN WELL-DOING. 127do. What is the profit of serving God ?" Manya good man has felt thus in his heart, even if hehas not spoken his thoughts aloud.To all this it may be replied that God's yearsare long and he is never in a hurry. As a goodChristian man said to a scoffer who boasted thathis crops were good though he had never prayedfor God to bless them, while the Christian's after allhis praying, had failed, " The Lord does not alwayssettle his accounts with men in the month of Octo-ber." Besides, worldly prosperity is not alwayspromised, nor is it always a blessing. There comemany times in every man's life when trial is betterthan prosperity. A little with Heaven's bene-
 
diction is better than great gains poisoned by thecurse of God. Of this at least we may alwaysbe sure — that in the end well-doing will suc-ceed and ill-doing w^ill bring sorrow and woe."My Lord Cardinal," said Anne of Austria toCardinal Richelieu, " God is a sure paymaster.He may not pay at the close of every week ormonth or year, but he pays in the end."We may be tempted also to grow weary of doinggood to others. There are things to discourage if we look no farther than the present. Attainmentscome slowly. The buds of spiritual growth open128 WEEK-DAY RELIGION.out languidly in the chill climate of this world.Men's faults cling tenaciously. Battles are tediousand victories come painfully, and only after longand fierce struggle. Everything about Christianlife is difficult of attainment. In the ardor of hisyouthful zeal and the glow of his yet untried andunbaffled hope, the young Christian is apt to feelthat everything is going to yield at once to hisstrokes. He expects to see every touch of his tellon men. He looks for immediate results in everycase. He has large hope and enthusiasm, but hasnot strong faith. He begins, and soon discovers hismistake. People are pleased with his earnestness,but their stubborn hearts do not yield. He findshimself beating against stone walls. Results donot appear. To him this is strange and discour-aging, but it has always been so. Many peoplereject the blessings God is sending to their doors.We come to them laden with rich spiritual things,and they turn away to chase some vanishing illu-sion. We tell them of Christ, and they turn tolisten to the siren song that would lure them on

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